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easy lollies

I’ve seen hard candies turned into lollipops all over the place, such as these Picasso Pops at Better Homes and Gardens. But I thought I’d share the results of my experimenting with this kid-friendly (except for the burning hot oven part) way of making lollipops.

you will need:

lollipop sticks
hard candies (I used Jolly Rancher hard candies)

baking tray

aluminum foil

parchment paper

optional: Ziploc bags, rolling pin, cutting board

step one: assemble your candy
If desired, you can crush hard candies by placing in a Ziploc bag and break up coarsely with a rolling pin on a cutting board. You can use crushed candies in whatever pattern you desire. I didn’t crush the candy. I simply used three different colors of whole Jolly Rancher hard candies in a row.

step two: bake your candy
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, then lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the foil. Assemble candies as desired. Only put about 4 lollipops per tray (to leave room for sticks later) and arrange a few inches apart. Bake about 6 minutes or until candies melt to desired effect. Make sure to keep your eye on the pops! Don’t let them bake too long or they will be too thin and misshapen. Immediately proceed to step three.

step three: insert stick
As soon as you remove the lollipops from the oven, place stick on lolly at one end, rolling to coat stick with the melted candy. Let cool completely on tray, then carefully remove paper from back. Warning! Your lollies will likely not be perfect ovals or rectangles or whatever shape you hope to create. There will be imperfections, but that’s what makes them lovely lollies, no?

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  1. Cheryl
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Very Cool!

  2. Jennifer
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Sooo neat! Who would have thought it was that easy!!!

  3. Megan
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Awesome! These will be fun to try :)

  4. cookies and cups
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    That looks fun, my kids will love this!

  5. Mary
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    How cute!

  6. Grahm Hutton
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow, so easy! Going to melt up some Red, white and blue lollies just in time for the 4th!

  7. Cat J B
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I'll definitely have to try this one, thanks.

  8. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"
    Posted July 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    How fun!!

  9. Beth
    Posted July 5, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    I am going to try these, what a great idea! How should I store them or package them, do you think? Wax paper?

  10. threemoonbabies
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    so fun!

  11. Cindy
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    With this recipe, I will be able to please ALL 7 of my grandchildren. Thanks.

  12. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for great comments everyone! 7 grandkids! My mom's only up to 5… Storing on wax paper works, Beth, or just in tupperware. To package as gifts, I'm sure you can use a cello bag and ribbon, too. Might get some stickyness on the bag, especially if left in the sun by a wee one!

  13. amanda
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh I love this, so easy too! We linked you:

    Peace to you!

  14. Marybeth at
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Pretty AND easy! I love them!

  15. Hoosier Homemade
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I am sooo trying these! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Robynn
    Posted July 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    These are so very fun to do. Thank you for sharing the "recipe". I have to tell you, one little friend that made them with us came up with a most clever name. Jolly-pops, after the Jolly Rancher Candies. I loved it and wanted to share that with you! Thanks again!

  17. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Jollypops… so clever! one of those "why didn't I think of that?" phrases!

  18. Erika Jean
    Posted October 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    oh man! I am going to have to try this!!

  19. Erika Jean
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I have some in the oven right now!! They will be on my blog tomorrow ;-) i'll link back, thanks for the idea!

  20. thelumberjackswife
    Posted October 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    These are so very cute! I think I will try them soon. If I do, I will post a link back to your blog. Great idea!

  21. ShopKim
    Posted October 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I finally tried these this weekend from my kids and their friends. They were a big hit!

  22. ash09
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    mine turned out very pretty, but they stuck really bad to the wax paper when i was tryin to pull them off… they were totally solid when i tried to get them off… what am i doing wrong?

  23. Chic Cookies
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    ash09–try using parchment paper, not wax paper! The candy probably melted into the wax. Both wax paper and parchment are oven-safe, but you should only use wax paper to line dishes that are fully covered on the bottom by the food(like brownies, etc, though I don't use it at all in the oven) so there is no direct heat source on the wax paper. If baking cookies, candy, etc, you should use parchment-lined trays. Parchment paper is sold in the exact same spot as wax paper in the supermarket. Thanks!

  24. chelle
    Posted January 8, 2010 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    thank you for your tute!!!Made them yesterday, so easy!!!kids can't wait to make them again!!!!

  25. Anonymous
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I think the idea of leaving them whole and melting them is better. My child shaved the bottom part of a tooth off with these beauties! Careful with this project!

  26. Chic Cookies
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    yikes, good to know Anonymous, thanks for sharing! All the recipes I've found for these say to crush them (at BHG, Martha, etc), so glad I left 'em whole and good to know crushing can make them sharp!!

  27. Anonymous
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    wow that is kool i am going to have to make some of them..


  28. Sue
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is my kind of treat! Easy, and fun too! Thanks for another good one Meaghan:)

  29. Posted May 3, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    They are so cute! So easy to make and they are well received!

    I made them and I loved them!

  30. LW
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Other websites say 200 degrees for 5 minutes. Does 275 make a difference?

  31. Jessica
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I made these with my daughter and my nieces and they loved them… they didn’t quite turn out beautiful… but they turned out and was good going to be making these alot more with my kids!! Thanks for sharing!!

  32. meaghanmountford
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much Jessica! I seem to recall there were a couple of less beautiful ones that didn’t make the photo. The unpredictability of melting candy. But you’re so right… the kids love making them!

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